Hardware Design Manager
APCON - Portland, OR

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The Hardware Design Manager will be responsible for building and leading highly talented hardware engineers who are designing upcoming new systems and blades for APCON’s network switching product lines. In this role, the candidate will work on issues where hardware system design challenges will require an in-depth understanding of hardware and software design at system and board levels, mechanical design, and design manufacturability.

Plan projects by leading the team to scope deliverables, provide estimates, and manage resource allocation across multiple product lines and releases.

Work with CEO to help oversee the development and manage system and board development including concept, specification, schematic design, layout, bring-up, debug, mechanical design, silk screens, manufacturing release, and sustaining product support.

Manage, motivate, and retain a senior hardware systems team and lead them to success.

Manage external vendor process for layout and mechanical design.

Ensure the project schedule is reasonable and achievable within the constraints of the design process.

Create, maintain, and promote system development specifications and documentation processes that encourage innovation and sets high standards for quality and productivity.

Develop schedules and actively own and manage the development by identifying and mitigating risk to deliver on time and ensure consistent design methodologies and documentation are followed.

Build and maintain relationships with cross functional teams in software development, QA, manufacturing, and professional services by clear communication practices and prompt feedback.

Assign tasks to appropriately skilled team members and resolve design and resource contention by providing solutions with guidance and direction.

Provide timely feedback to employees including annual performance reviews.


Combined experience in hardware system and board level design in GbE and experience in technical engineering management.

Strong leadership skills with demonstrated ability to motivate and collaborate with senior level engineering staff.

Experience in high speed ( >10Gbps) system and board level design.

Experience in design for manufacturability.

Understanding of Network and Linux device driver development.

An understanding of board bring up, boot loaders, and debug using JTAG and Linux GNU tools.

Ability to estimate and schedule projects.

Ability to manage senior engineers and build relationships, balance team and individual responsibilities, and exhibit objectivity and openness to other’s views.

Bachelor’s degree, MS preferred, in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Math or a related field, or the equivalent in training and experience.

Minimum 10 years of experience in hardware system and board level design and 4-5 years of technical engineering management experience preferably on GbE products.

Grow beyond today's technology - APCON is a pioneer in the field of flexible network switching technology. APCON products play a key role in ensuring that data networks across the globe remain secure and fully operational – around the clock, without fail – including those that support online banking, stock trades, shopping, video streams, media downloads, and more.

If you want to work at the forefront of technology, we invite you to learn more about APCON.

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